EMU administrator named IABC Detroit Communicator of the Year

Marketing and promotions leader Ted Coutilish honored by business communicators' association

by Geoff Larcom, Published June 04, 2012

YPSILANTI - IABC Detroit, the premiere association for professional business communicators, has named Theodore G. Coutilish its 2012 Communicator of the Year.

Ted Coutilish

Coutilish, associate vice president, marketing, for Eastern Michigan University, will be recognized during the chapter's 31st Renaissance Awards celebration June 21 at the historic Madison Building in Detroit's Campus Martius district.

"On behalf of IABC Detroit, I want to congratulate Ted on earning this prestigious award," said Deborah Wilson, president, IABC Detroit. "Ted is an exemplary marketing and communications professional. His 20 years of marketing success in the higher education arena have been recognized both locally and regionally, all while he has continued to provide guidance and leadership to other communicators in our chapter.

"In fact Ted has been personally responsible for engaging many of our most recent chapter leaders and current board members, so our chapter is definitely in good hands for the future."

The Communicator of the Year is awarded to a veteran communications professional who exemplifies excellence in professional achievement across several categories of evaluation, including professional achievement, leadership, advancing the profession, encouraging professionalism and integrity, and civic and/or charitable contribution of communications expertise.

"This award reflects Ted's expertise and accomplishments," said Walter Kraft, vice president for communications. "Marketing is a key element of our communications initiatives and Ted continues to help forge a distinctive identity for Eastern."

The university's marketing department is part of the Division of Communications, which is home to four additional departments. Those are Integrated Content (web services and publications), Media Relations, Alumni Relations and WEMU-FM (NPR), all of which are focused on the university's overall image and local/national/global presence and awareness.

A member of the Detroit area communications community for more than 20 years, Coutilish served as IABC Detroit board president in 2004-05 and joined EMU in 2006. At Eastern, he oversees a dual role of university and athletics marketing.

He earned a master's degree from University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University. He is a current board member of the National Fragile X Foundation, EMU Autism Collaborative Center, United Way of Washtenaw County and Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. He lives in the City of Grosse Pointe with his wife, Mary Beth Langan, and their son, Andrew, who has Autism and Fragile X Syndrome.

For more information, visit the Detroit chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators website.


Geoff Larcom



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